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  1. Excellent albeit long video. If you're curious or mystified about stripping, what it looks like, how to do it, etc. this is a very nice overview. It reminds me of being at a show, watching and chatting away with someone who's giving a dog a once-over. Very helpful to see what stripping looks like in practice and hear a bit of the how's and why's and so on. Focus is on show grooming but mechanics are the same whether a dog ever sees a ring or not. Also touches on a few additional grooming topics like ear cleaning and nails.
  2. Choosing to clipper your Cairn doesn't mean it must wear an unflattering buzzcut. This is an outstanding video demonstrating that even dogs clipped and scissored can carry a flattering Cairn outline. https://youtu.be/9TNywXoJfIo This would be a terrific resource to share with your groomer if they are giving you back a schnauzer, westie, or yorkie when you asked for a Cairn I would probably offer to pay for the extra half-hour it would take them to watch it. It's really good. At the very least or if you're in a hurry the last few minutes (from 32:25 on) summarizes the concepts applied (the second embedded video, below, should start at the summary). https://youtu.be/9TNywXoJfIo?t=1949
  3. bradl

    The Heads Have It

    Lisa Tuttle has graciously granted permission to reprint the following article. How Do You Groom Your Cairn's Head For the Show Ring? by Lisa Tuttle Every artist has a different view and approach to their work and so do groomers. This is an article on how I would groom a Cairn, some may agree and some not, so take what you need. I learned to groom under Karen Smith’s instruction for 4 years and watching handlers and other breeders groom, the breeders who had very nicely groomed dogs in the ring. I personally still love to watch others groom their Cairns to see what techniques they use, I am always learning. My advice would be always watch , even if you don’t care for how some one grooms you can always pick up a tip or two. You need: Good lighting Mirror - where you can see the entire dog while you are grooming. There are many items out and different techniques to aid in pulling hair, but I use (for head furnishings): A good grip: finger cots, plain old fingers dusted with harsh grooming powder. Scholl’s pumice stone for feet, with the handle (found in most drug stores). Stripping knives, if you are more comfortable and confident in not breaking your coat when it is not needed or giving it a “ribbon curling” effect. Dryer Sheet in case there is static cling. When you get static cling, rub the dryer sheet over the dog and over the comb or brush you are using. Comb and brush. Front View First thing to do is look through the coat on the head to make sure you have layers under all the long hair to work with. Look through a section hair on the sides and top of head if you need to. If you have layers it is very easy to see. From the time puppies start growing their first adult coat, start rolling the coat. When the coat on the head is about an inch long from root to tip, start plucking out the longer hair every two to three weeks. You will have to use the very tip of your fingers or pumice stone because the difference in the layers of hair length is pretty minute at this age. I have to write it on a calendar with life being so busy because I know it is very easy to get behind. If you get too far behind, you will lose the entire process. You will find this will keep those layers going. Not only will your coat be ready for show at any time, but the shorter layers will support the hair standing up on the head. Same goes for the rest of the body, except the “standing up part”. If you are dealing with a dog that has no layers and the hair is all one length this will not be his first adult coat, you will have to pull a little bit of coat every three weeks until the entire long coat is gone. This will start the layering effect when the hair grows back in. Let’s get started Put on your finger cots or dust your fingers with Harsh White Grooming Powder. Place grooming noose behind jaw bone and ears, up where you would keep the lead, pull all the coat forward that grows in front of the jaw in front of the noose and pull back any coat behind the grooming noose that belongs on the neck. This is very important. If you pull out neck hair because you have pulled it up with the head furnishings through the grooming noose you may pull a divot in the neck. If you don’t pull enough through the noose you will think you did a pretty good job, until you take the noose off and see a hairy unflattering ring around the dog's head. Finding the Visual Circle When I refer to a “visual circle” it is the shape you are trying to visualize around your dogs head. The center of your circle should be between the eyes. Fig.1 - x= center of the visual circle. Face the dog on the table - with good light. Thoroughly brush out head furnishings. Look at the shape on the head. You want to visualize a round frame around the head, not a football shape or sideways oval. If this does not come easy don’t worry, many Cairn groomers have trouble with this until they learn to recognize the “line” of shorter hair beneath the long over grown hair. If you have trouble with this, you can use an Elizabethan surgical collar to see the shape. Only use the collar to get an idea of what needs to be pulled, and then take it off. It would not be easy to groom with that collar on. Fig. 2 - 1=Over grown coat, 2=Desired length, 3=Skin Fig. 3 - Football shaped head Sides and Top of Head Pull the long hairs on sides and top of head down till you see 1/3 of the ear. With a comb you comb hair straight out from the root. Hold the hair in place with one hand and let the skin go back into place then pull all the long hairs out to the length where it falls in line with in the circle you are looking for around head. Repeat pulling up hair with a comb and pulling out long hairs all around the head until you get a round shape. Fig. 4 Muzzle hair should not be much longer than where the dogs lips meet from the front of mouth to the ends of the mouth, so hair will graduate from shorter hair in the front of muzzle to slightly longer hair towards the ends of mouth. Comb muzzle hair straight out to sides and up over the muzzle on one side like a fan, let skin relax back into place then pull long hairs out. The shape of the muzzle from the front is another circle within the circle that frames the head. Pull hairs that stick out from top of muzzle obstructing view of eyes. Some hair left in this spot will leave a little more natural look. Chin hair should be in line with your invisible circle around the Muzzle. If you see any hairs sticking out of your circle, pull it out. Ears should be pulled down to the velvet on 1/3 of the tip. Here is where the Dr. Scholl’s pumice comes in handy or an appropriate stripping knife. Graduate hair on the sides ears down to match the hair on the sides of head. Pluck out all stray hair from the front of inside of the ear, from the tip to 1/3 of ears. All the hair in front of ears on head should be in line with your circle around the head. Fig. 5 Check your work in the mirror standing behind your dog that is facing the mirror. Make sure you are close enough to the mirror so you can see detail. The Mirror will show the opposite perspective of what you are looking at. Sometimes our eyes become so trained in what we are looking at that we don’t see the true perspective until you reverse the image. Another way to get a different perspective is to take a break and go back to it later, if you have the time or the dog needs a break. Side View Fig. 6 Fig. 7 Face the side view of the head, comb all the hair from between the ears and front of head up (like a Mohawk), let the skin relax back into place then pull any long hairs that do not align with the hair that had been pulled from the front view. From the tips of the ears, graduate the hair down into the neck. Make sure your dog’s eyebrows fall in line with the hair on the head, in your circle. Comb the hair on the ear straight out behind the ear to get a good side view of what needs to get pulled. Pull any long hairs on the top 1/3 of back of ears to velvet and graduate the remaining ear hair to fall in line with the hair on the back of jaw bone line, where your lead sits at the occiput and down around jaw line. Again, try the Dr. Scholl’s pumice if you need it. Side view of chin hair can be slightly longer in front, so pull long hairs out and make a small tuck up under jaw. Almost like a goatee only less severe, or a straight line from the bottom of chin hair to the neck. A slight tuck up at the under jaw will give the appearance of a longer neck. The hair on the “fill” under the eyes should match up with muzzle hair. Check your work Put a little Cholesterol in the dogs head let it set a bit then brush it out. Remove the grooming noose and get your dog to shake out his coat. Check the front view of your dogs head in the mirror. Face the dog towards the mirror and stand behind him, make sure you have hold of the dog’s rear so he won’t leap off of the table. Make adjustments that are needed. You should see a round head with no long chin, ear or muzzle hairs sticking out beyond your tidy circle. Check the dog’s side view. Turn the table where you can see the side view of the dogs head. You should see a backwards ”C” from the eyebrows over the ears and down around the back of the head to the tip of chin. You should see tidy ears and muzzle and chin. Repeat on the opposite side to check the other side of his head. Good luck and good grooming to all.
  4. bradl

    Background Chooser

    The forum theme includes a background-chooser. To try a different header image: Click the userbar image icon at the top of the page to open the chooser Click a background image to select and apply it Click the userbar image icon to close the chooser Userbar Chooser Available backgrounds may change from time to time.
  5. The site is adaptive to screen size, so when viewing the site on a small display like a phone, some display elements are simplified, others discarded, and others collapsed to fit. For instance, if you have an iPad or similarly sized tablet, try rotating the tablet from portrait to landscape and you may see some layout changes. When using a display the size of most phones, the site is at its simplest possible layout. A question came up: how to access the blogs using a phone. Here's how to get there starting with the "hamburger" menu common to most mobile sites. Start with the "hamburger" menu icon. Choose the Browse menu. Choose Blogs (or anything else). As a side note, you'll notice when composing posts on the site that on a small display like a phone the formatting options are reduced. There is little room for formatting buttons and it's hard to touch them with accuracy as it is. So for complex post formatting you may want to switch to a desktop or a tablet in landscape mode.
  6. Update: New software has made much of this topic obsolete. See Photos & Attachments for updated tips. Note: attachment space per user is limited. The recommended method to insert photos into your posts is to link to them on either your own web site or a photo hosting site. However you can also upload a limited number of attachments directly to Cairn Talk. Here's how: Open the posting page by either replying to a message ("More Reply Options"), or choosing New Topic. Scroll down to locate the Attachments section of the posting page. Click the Browse button and locate the file on your computer. Click "Attach This File" to upload the file. Then click "Add to Post" - this will insert code similar to the following into the text area of your post [attachment=2294:bis30.jpg] Et voilà! The attached photo displays when you post. Note that you have only a limited amount of space on our server. If you upload a few large images, or lots of little ones, you will eventually run out of space. You will then have to delete some attachments to make room for more. That will of course remove them from the original posts where you first uploaded them.
  7. Here's the fastest way I know to update an avatar. Select "My Profile" from the profile navbar Hover mouse over upper left corner and a 'change' button will fade up from gray to black. Click it. Select the file and "open." In my browser the image is replaced immediately. Click 'Done' to save. If I view the profile, it's still there. It's also possible to go into your profile via "My Settings" and then choose "Change Picture."
  8. Update: New software has made this topic obsolete. See Photos & Attachments for updated tips. The main requirement is that the picture is already on the web somewhere. First you need the web address of the picture. Usually you can just copy it from the address bar of your browser, or right-click on the picture itself and choose Properties to see the picture name and address. An address of this form will work: http://www.example.com/mypicture.jpg Then, just put IMG tags around the address, like so: [img=http://www.example.com/mypicture.jpg] Some cautions... to avoid stretching out the forum, keep picture width around 500 pixels wide or smaller; also note that large files will take a long time to load for every visitor to the page the image address must point to a specific image file, and not to a script (like a gallery uses); an image address will end in .jpg or .gif or .png -- if it ends in a number or .php the image will not be displayed for security reasons. For example, an address like the following will not display: http://www.example.c...mage.php?ID=123 because the address points to a script. Because malicious hackers can cause mischief with scripts, we do not allow dynamic (scripted) images to be displayed. For another example of the IMG tag, and other tags you can use in posts, click the BB Code Help link on the page where you compose posts. If this is new to you, practice in the Test forum first before posting elswhere. Use the Preview button to see what your post will look like before submitting it. If you are registered on the forum you can edit your post up to two hours later. The Test forum is a great place to try out all the various tags.
  9. Hi brad, I have exceeded my photo limit and I am struggling to get oriented to a photo sharing site. Until I manage this, wondering how to remove some photos from my old posts so that I can attach a few more. Can't seem to find instructions for this, can you help please? Thanks!!!
  10. Browsing the forum by individual forum works for a lot of situations. Post markers (color changes and bold text/icons) will even tell you which forums have new content. If you are fairly active on the forum and like to 'keep up' with new posts, here a couple tips to make that easier. First and foremost - use the View New Content link at the right end of the main navigation bar. That brings up a list of new content. The resulting information can be customized or sliced-and-diced in several useful ways. I've highlighted a few of the views that I use most often.
  11. Meggie

    Cairn Photo Tip!

    As Pindrop pointed out, it's tricky to get our dogs (or any animal/kid) to sit still long enough to snatch a good shot. Sometimes as you hit your shutter the pup moves and you lost that oh-so-cute moment. Well for anyone who isn't a camera-nerd, here's a tip: Put your camera on Sports Mode. Most times, this can be located on top of your camera, on a wheel and is depicted by a man running (or if you're like me it just looks like a mysterious hieroglyphic until otherwise informed!). This mode is designed to release the shutter more rapidly. So you're upping your chances of getting that great card-worthy shot! Or if your camera does not have this wheel...google the make and model of your camera and the words "sports mode" and usually you can find a tutorial or manufacturer's guide on how to navigate your internal menu. Happy holiday shooting and I hope this helps enable any of you who are getting frustrated with your camera (or dog )
  12. Two recent changes to status updates, related to the forum updgrade. 1. Status messages are now visible only to registered, logged in users. Status messages are a perk for registered members. 2. There are still two methods for adding status messages. With the new system, the fast method is two clicks away. To quickly update your status, just click your name at the top of the forum to expose the profile quick-menu. There is a place to enter your status right there - click Update and it's posted. To close the profile quick-menu box, click on an empty area, or click anywhere outside the box. This process is illustrated below (click to enlarge): You can also update your status from My Profile -> Profile Feed.
  13. Tracy A.

    marking forums read

    Hi Brad, I thought we used to be able to mark the forms read somewhere.... or am I dreaming?
  14. Documentation lifted from the forum developers:
  15. bradl

    Tip: the Spoiler tag

    Use the custom spoiler tag to hide text until/unless the reader chooses to view it. Useful for discussing who won an event or the surprise ending of a movie without spoiling it for others. Use it like this: [spoiler]Your secret text here.[/spoiler] Example: Just a note: because this is a custom tag, the automatic "Close all Tags" feature will not close a spoiler tag. You'll just have to type it yourself.
  16. Sometimes you want to link to one specific post in a long topic. Easily done! Find the specific post you want to link to Click on the post number Copy the link from the pop-up Paste the link into your message. The link will go directly to the specific post, rather than to the top of the topic


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